AMD says Intel destroyed antitrust case evidence
A new twist has come up in AMD's U.S. antitrust case against Intel. As BetaNews reports, the plaintiff has filed a brief with the judge overseeing the case that accuses Intel of destroying "potentially massive amounts" of e-mail evidence. AMD's brief reads as follows:
Through what appears to be a combination of gross communication failures, an ill-conceived plan of document retention and lackluster oversight by outside counsel . . . Intel has apparently allowed evidence to be destroyed. Though all the facts are not in, potentially massive amounts of e-mail correspondence generated and received by Intel executives and employees since the filing of the lawsuit may be irretrievably lost, as may other relevant electronic documents.
The alleged evidence loss may not involve men in dark suits and sunglasses knowingly destroying data, though. According to Intel's attorney, the company has “identified a number of inadvertent mistakes in the implementation of the...[e-mail] preservation process. These document retention issues are the result of human errors in implementation." Nonetheless, AMD says Intel overwrote backup tapes and that the data loss could have "case-impacting significance." As a result, AMD has asked the judge to give Intel three weeks to provide a complete accounting of its document retention process.